A $250 per year per household tax increase is needed in Lake Country to deal with an aging transportation network that includes sub-standard roads and a lack of proper sidewalks.
The District of Lake Country is holding a public open house on Thursday for residents to find out what the municipality is proposing to improve transportation in Lake Country over the next 20 years.
“We have to ensure that Lake Country continues to be a healthy, livable and vibrant community,” wrote the district in a newsletter.
As far as funding, property taxes are the main funding source and the only source of funds for maintenance and renewal of roads with grants only made available for improvements to green infrastructure or alternatives to cars.
“Current funding is not adequate to renew our aging roads and this means that our official community plan vision is not attainable,” states the district.
The current annual roads budget in Lake Country is approximately $3.1 million and the district says an additional $1.5 million is needed per year equalling the $250 tax increase per average household.
To replace all of the 200 kilometres of roads in Lake Country would cost $100 million.
Residents can learn about the plan at the municipal office Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.